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May 18, 2008 | By Jim Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two weeks ago today, Chase Utley stood in front of his locker at Citizens Bank Park and packed for a West Coast trip. Utley tossed his fielder's glove, batting gloves, spikes, sneakers and sunglasses into a red equipment bag. He then reached into his locker, pulled out five brand-new ebony bats - gamers - and stuffed them into his bat bag. Before zipping the bat bag closed, Utley reached for the one piece of equipment he hadn't left home without...
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August 2, 2013 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
IN THE BOTTOM of the first inning, Chase Utley stepped to the plate and hit a home run. It was the 14th time he had done so this season, good enough for fourth among major league second basemen. If anybody needed a reminder that the 34-year-old veteran was still one of baseball's best players at his position, here it was. Still, as he trotted around the bases to the hearty approval of the Citizens Bank Park crowd, you couldn't shake the feeling it was the beginning of another egregious miscalculation by a Phillies organization struggling to find the path toward a better tomorrow.
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May 4, 2010 | By MARK KRAM, kramm@phillynews.com
So here's the deal: You get to invite any of the top stars in Philadelphia sports over to the house for dinner. We're talking hypothetically, of course, but just say you have that opportunity. Who would you invite? Ryan Howard? DeSean Jackson? Mike Richards? And what would you serve them? Would you go Italian? Send out for Chinese? Or perhaps you have a favorite dish that has been passed down through the generations? We asked you whom would you like to have over in the survey we conducted with the Sport Industry Research Center at Temple University and you chose to chow down with Chase Utley.
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April 12, 2013 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
WE ENTERED the season knowing that the Phillies needed a lot of things to go right in order for them to return to the postseason, and the last couple of nights have offered a tantalizing glimpse at the kind of team they can become if those things break in the proper direction. Of course, two nights make for a small sample size. The last time the Phillies had faced Jeremy Hefner, all seven of the batters they sent to the plate against him ended up scoring runs. But a lineup can only hit against the pitchers whom the other team sends to the mound, and in rattling off their first back-to-back victories of the season, Charlie Manuel's team did just that.
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July 16, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MINNEAPOLIS - A chair reserved for Chase Utley was positioned under a sign with his name on it, but the Phillies second baseman stood. He stared at the seat. Major League Baseball mandated that Utley - the lone Phillies all-star - spend 45 minutes Monday with reporters. He overcame career-threatening knee injuries to start Tuesday night for the National League, but circumstances overshadowed that accomplishment. "Are they trying to trade him?" Hunter Pence, a former teammate, wondered from across the room.
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April 1, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writerlawrenr@phillynews.com
THE BALL came toward his head and baserunner Chase Utley did the natural thing. He ducked. After avoiding contact with Domonic Brown's heat-seeking missile of a base hit, Utley regained his footing and took off from first to second base. He didn't stop until he slid safely into third base. Utley then bounced back on his feet and prepared for the next step. It was March and he was playing baseball, so any next step he took was going to be a heck of a lot farther than any he made in the last two springs.
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September 19, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Chase Utley and Ryan Howard remain the heart of the Phillies' batting order and they were the foundation for this franchise's run of success that started in 2007 and appears likely to end in 2012. But as the season winds toward its conclusion, it's obvious they are players in transition. After the Phillies took early batting practice Monday afternoon, Utley remained on the field and worked extensively at third base with coach Sam Perlozzo. Howard, meanwhile, fielded questions about a season that started with him on the disabled list after undergoing surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon and is ending with the first baseman in a terrible slump.
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June 21, 2012 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
PHILLIES SECOND baseman Chase Utley played in his fifth rehab game for Class A Clearwater Tuesday night. What comes next? "I don't know," he said when asked where and when he was going to rehab next. "I really don't know. " Utley was 1-for-3 with a single and a walk as a designated hitter in an 8-2 loss to Dunedin, a Blue Jays affiliate. On Monday, he tested his chronically injured knees by playing second base for six innings in a win over Dunedin. When asked before Tuesday's game whether his knees felt OK, Utley was succinct.
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June 20, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
There was a break between innings during a recent Phillies loss, and David Montgomery looked toward second base from the owner's suite at Citizens Bank Park. That is Chase Utley's spot; it was his when this sparkling ballpark opened, and when the Phillies signed Utley to a two-year contract last summer with three option years, Montgomery imagined it was Utley's until he relinquished it. Utley and shortstop Jimmy Rollins have started 1,129 games together, the most of all active double-play combinations.
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September 28, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
MIAMI - In the end, there was too much risk and too little time. Sure, the Phillies were more than willing to listen when Chase Utley approached them with the idea of moving to third base. He worked diligently in afternoon sessions there and showed enough progress in one month to make team officials believers. Then the Phillies staved off formal elimination entering Friday's game and it put this experiment in a precarious position. Six games at third base for Utley - good or bad - were not large enough of a sample size to influence a winter strategy.
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September 1, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - For the 16th time this season, Ryne Sandberg assembled a lineup designed last winter to keep the Phillies competitive. No team in baseball has employed the same batting order as many times as Sandberg's familiar combination. That unit, after a 7-2 singles-fueled win over the Mets on Saturday, is 5-11. "You look at our lineup on paper, and it's a great lineup," outfielder Marlon Byrd said. "For some reason, some years it just doesn't click. You get two guys hitting and the rest aren't hitting, or you get the rest of the guys hot and it's split up too much in the lineup.
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August 22, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
AS THE Philadelphia region prepared itself for the main event of the day's sporting schedule, a Little League game played out during a long inning at Citizens Bank Park on yesterday afternoon. And not of the high-caliber kind that's being played this week in Williamsport. More of the endless, error-filled brand of ball found at your local recreation league fields each weekend in the spring. The fourth inning of a matinee between the Phillies and Seattle Mariners featured a wild pitch, a passed ball, two errors, Cole Hamels' pitch count nearing 90, and one baserunner caught between third and home when his teammate missed a bunt sign.
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August 21, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Seattle Mariners righthander Hisashi Iwakuma is an example of a pitcher who prospers by grudgingly giving out free passes. He entered the game against the Phillies Tuesday night leading baseball in fewest walks per nine innings with 0.777. His counterpart, Phillies righthander A.J. Burnett, took the mound leading MLB with 72 walks, an average of nearly four per nine innings. Although Burnett, 37, turned in a solid performance before running out of gas in the eighth inning, he couldn't keep pace with Iwakuma.
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August 18, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO - Kyle Kendrick's cutter jammed Pablo Sandoval in the sixth inning, and the ball hovered over the infield Saturday at AT&T Park. The Phillies converged for a tableau of the franchise's current disrepair. "You got it," Chase Utley yelled at Ryan Howard. The first baseman heard, "Got it," and assumed Utley would catch it. The ball plopped on the grass between them. Utley, who had time to set and throw to second for an out, instead rushed one of his trademark backhanded flips from 50 feet.
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August 13, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
ONE OF THE more murky aspects of the Phillies' strategy over the last 3 weeks has been their deployment of Darin Ruf. After the club summoned him from the minors on July 22 to replace an injured John Mayberry Jr., the 27-year-old first baseman started three straight games, going 2-for-8 with a double, a walk and three strikeouts. But in the 16 games since, Ruf has started just four times, including yesterday's 5-3 loss Mets, when his two-run homer to straightaway centerfield gave the Phillies a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning.
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August 12, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
ALL DAY, Ryan Howard was on the ball. In the fourth inning, he hit a long line drive that Curtis Granderson snagged in front of the wall in rightfield. In the sixth inning, he barreled a pitch that petered out on the warning track in left, prompting him to hold his head in his hands as he crossed first base and veered back toward the dugout. So when the Mets elected to walk Chase Utley to get to Howard with the winning run on second base in the bottom of the ninth inning, the slugger was ready.
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August 12, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The decision, Ryan Howard said, appeared simple to him. But Chase Utley later admitted surprise - a "little bit," he said - that the New York Mets called for an intentional walk with two strikes. Utley stood a double short of the cycle in Sunday's game at Citizens Bank Park. Howard was 0 for 4 with some hard-hit outs. For the second time in less than a week, Howard delivered a game-winning hit after the opposition chose to face him. The Phillies overcame a five-run deficit that culminated in a 7-6 win on Howard's ninth-inning single.
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August 8, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ONE PITCHER went around the clubhouse for a healthy heaping of handshakes and hugs. Jonathan Papelbon asked if he could tag along to join a first-place team. Another was still in Toledo, Ohio, around lunchtime before hearing he was wanted on the mound in South Philly that night. Roberto Hernandez was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers yesterday afternoon, in exchange for two minor league players to be named later. Since Hernandez was scheduled to start last night against the Astros, Sean O'Sullivan had to figure out a way to get from Toledo to Citizens Bank Park in a few short hours.
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August 7, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The baseball disappeared into a flower box above the 374-foot marker in left-center field, a landing spot that delayed an entire stadium's reaction. The fan held his souvenir, a Ryan Howard homer bashed against a lefthanded pitcher, which prompted the meager crowd at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night to rise in melancholic unison. This second-inning moment dripped with apathy, even a tinge of sadness. The electronic Liberty Bell replica did not ring until Howard neared third base in the first inning of a 2-1 win over Houston in 15 innings.
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August 7, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
In the span of two weeks, Ryan Howard has gone from banished to the bench for a series worth of games to a near-permanent place in the middle of the struggling Phillies lineup. Entering play on Tuesday, the Phils had not scored a run since Friday. Manager Ryne Sandberg didn't do any tinkering, however, keeping Howard, mired in an 0-for-14 skid, and Chase Utley, in the midst of an 0-for-16 slump, in their usual spots in the lineup. It's at least somewhat surprising that Sandberg, who sat a slumping Howard on the last homestand, hasn't moved the first baseman out of the fourth spot in the order.
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